Should ADHD be treated with medication?

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Should ADHD be treated with medication?

The question is whether or not children who need medication for ADHD should be medicated. The answer to that is that we should try everything that we possibly can, first, before we try medication. For example, there are some studies that indicate that where a child sits in the classroom can often have tremendous impact on their learning. Moving the child to the front of the classroom, in some cases, have as much impact as medication. However, for children that truly need the medication, that have been tested and it's a clear diagnosis, then medication is often extremely beneficial. I've had parents call me and say, it's a miracle how much my child has changed. The example that I frequently give is, if you wear glasses and we didn't let you wear your glasses during the time you were reading, reading would become more difficult for you, you would lose concentration, it would become boring, you wouldn't like it. If we gave you your glasses, give you the medication, then reading becomes a joy. That's what we want for these kids who need medication for Attention Deficit Disorder.

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Dr. Alan Yellin is a licensed psychologist as well as licensed marriage and family therapist.  He has been in practice for over 30 years working with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Yellin did his post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. In his practice, he sees children with learning problems, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, fears and social skills issues. Additionally, he has a sub-specialty in working with children from divorced families as well as helping parents deal more effectively with their divorce. Dr. Yellin’s practice also includes working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive issues as well as issues around life passages. Dr. Yellin believes that therapy works best when the client and therapist have a collaborative relationship as they explore thoughts and feelings and work towards solutions, and uses a combination of scientific data along with humor to help people achieve change. He is in a long-term happy marriage and has two grown children.

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